Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Luke 15 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

Luke 15:3-7

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

 

Thank You, Jesus! We have all been that “one sheep,” the one that didn’t even know it was lost until Christ called us His! As I was having my quiet time with the Lord this morning, the Holy Spirit showed me something beautiful that I had never thought of or saw before. He showed me that the lost sheep doesn’t have a name, that it’s not girl sheep or boy sheep, that the sheep’s color or background doesn’t have any relevance, and that its political views and social class aren’t even worth mentioning. The way Jesus chooses to describe these sheep is lost and found. He does not say the rich sheep or the pretty sheep or the powerful sheep but rather the lost and the found sheep.

 

One of the things this tells us is that no matter who we think we are or what we have, we are nothing without Him. Our worth is not tied up in this world but in the One who created it. Another thing it tells us is that Who’s we are (Jesus’) matters more than what we are (looks, money, etc.).

 

Look at the Lord’s beautiful response to finding one of these lost sheep: elation, rejoicing, excitement, and joy! If the Lord and all of Heaven get this pumped up about it, then so should we! We, as the body, gotta get as excited to see people get saved as Heaven is when He brings one back! And if we wanna see people get saved, we need to get out of the pews and into the streets and start sharing and living the Gospel! What a thought that is that Heaven rejoiced when the Lord saved you and me! Could we help Heaven rejoice today?

 

Romans 10:14,15 - How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

 

God bless! I love you all, but He loves you completely and perfectly! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!

 
 
 

Luke 15:10

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Amen!! They are rejoicing over me and you!!! They are singing praises to God because another one of His children are coming home one day!!!!

Amy Grant has a song called Better than a Hallelujah, and I think there is a lot of truth in that song!!!! I love it because some of the most honest and life-changing prayers I have said were not eloquent, but they were honest and passionate prayers from my heart crying out to God for forgiveness, guidance, and strength!!!

We don’t have to be biblical scholars to talk to our Father; we just have to be honest and speak from the heart!! One of the best prayers I have ever heard was from a buddy in prison. He said, “ God, I don’t know how to do this, and I don’t know how this works, but I know You’re up there and You love me  and Your Son died for me, so please help!!!”

I’m going to try to speak to God more from the heart and less from my brain!! 


I love you all, and God bless!! As always, Glory to God for ever and ever!!!!

 

Luke 15:10

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

 

As the body of Christ, do we live this verse? When that person who has hurt us more than anyone else comes to know Jesus, do we rejoice with the angels or hope to watch them fail? What if the same people whom Saul persecuted and killed were the first people to rejoice at his conversion and welcome Paul into Heaven? I believe that, my friends, is the right heart-posture of a follower of Christ!!!!

 

I’m not saying that people don’t hurt us or that it’s easy to forgive, but when we really stop and think about it, this life is fleeting, and Jesus didn’t just give His life for some of us but for all of us. Jesus gave His life for those who would accept Him as much as for the ones who would deny Him!

 

Imagine walking into a football stadium packed with 100,000 people, and as you walk out onto the field, the announcer comes over the loudspeaker and says, “Today, we celebrate!!! Stephen was dead in his sin, but today, He has repented and accepted Christ!!!!” and the entire stadium erupts. I believe that’s what happens in Heaven every time one of us turns to the Lord!!!!

 

I encourage you today, if you haven’t had your name blared on the loudspeaker of Heaven, then ask Jesus into your heart and watch the crowd go wild!!!! My name will never be in a history book, and that’s okay because it’s written in the only book that matters, the Lamb’s Book of Life!!! Is yours???

 

Be forgiven, Be found, Be filled with the Holy Spirit, and most importantly, surrender to Christ!!!

 

I love you all, God bless, and glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!!

 

 

 

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